FilmDistrict Focuses on Oculus

If you've seen the spooky goodness that was Absentia, then you will be happy to hear that FilmDistrict has acquired Intrepid Pictures' horror project Oculus to be directed by Mike Flanagan from a script he co-wrote with Jeff Howard.

Flanagan will direct the feature-length version of his short film with production starting in late summer 2012. An expansion of the award-winning short film by Mike Flanagan and Jeff Seidman, Oculus will tell the story of Tim and Kylie Russel, siblings reunited for the first time since a brutal murder-suicide shattered their family and their childhoods.

Institutionalized for most of his life, Tim has come to terms with the tragedy that befell his parents, but Kylie is convinced that the strange, ornate mirror that hung in her father's study had a supernatural influence over the violent events. Now she's tracked the mirror down to an auction house basement and is determined to
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